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Riverhead Water District employee has a heart for the ‘Tin Man’

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Riverhead native Nick May always admired the iconic 'Tin Man' water tower — the water district's original storage tank. He's restored its commemorative plaque, marking the occasion of its completion in 1915.

Our dry little town

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When Prohibition took effect this week in 1920, Riverhead (pop. 5,753) was ahead of the curve. Home to the first Suffolk chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, established in 1878, Riverhead was already — sort of — dry.

Thanks to volunteer gardeners, an eyesore courtyard is transformed

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Master Gardener Volunteers transformed a desolate, neglected courtyard where the county gallows once stood into a tranquil place of beauty.

Local History: The Riverhead Elks Lodge has an interesting if little-known past

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The Riverhead Elks Lodge was built as the clubhouse at Riverhead's first golf course.

A ‘redistribution of happiness’ — from California to Riverhead, a century-old postcard arrives at town hall

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A postcard mailed in Riverhead in 1908 found its way to Riverhead Town Hall, by way of California, where an elderly man who makes a hobby out of sending old postcards 'home' hopes to 'redistribute' happiness.

Suffolk Closeup A walk through Suffolk’s history with county historian Peter Fox Cohalan

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county began as the East Riding of Yorkshire and, he said, “from there morphed into” Suffolk County in 1683, one of the 12 original counties in the Province of New York, and even after independence and the province becoming a state, Suffolk was “the only county never to be subdivided.”
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